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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

10 years of Flick Filosopher: the only real video game movie yet

With its daring incorporation of video-game rules into film narrative, Run Lola Run still feels ahead of its time seven years later:

This is a brand new kind of storytelling — for film, anyway. To anyone who grew up on Infocom computer games or even those Choose Your Own Adventure books I was totally hooked on as a kid, it’s obvious that Lola simply saved her game right after she spoke to Manni on the phone, so she could go back and try again if she game-overed. And just as she would do playing a video game, Lola uses knowledge acquired in previous iterations and anticipates some of the obstacles that tripped her up before, making the replay smoother… at least until new obstacles crop up.

review of Run Lola Run, posted 03.27.00

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